Archive for January, 2013

Tackle shopping in Shibuya

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

So I’m in Tokyo now, Shibuya district to be exact. This is like shopping heaven. I’m sure if you wanted anything in the world. You could buy it here.

I happen to be very close to a number of fishing tackle shops which has provided some entertainment and lots of inspiration. I love trying new and wacky techniques and this is something which the Japanese seem so good at!

I’ve recently been fishing a place choked full of weed and catching good bream and bass on suspending jerkbaits sight fishing the clear patches of ground in-between the thick weed. But the problem is 90% of the time your lure will get weed on it and make the cast wasted and a lot of the time spook the fish in the process.

This is where my idea comes in. Now bear in mind I’m only using 40-50mm jerkbaits in these instances. About 12 months ago I bought some plastics (in Japan would you believe) called Sawamura One-Up Shads. They were little 2″ finesse paddle tails. At the time I thought they would be awesome
for bass fishing and I was right. They have caught me some great fish.

I wanted to try them weed less around these clear patches but had trouble finding suitable worm hooks locally that were small enough to fit the 2″ profile.

A small flight to Japan and sure enough there is heaps of suitable hooks here and below are just a small selection of some I’ve found.

I’ll delve more deeply into how I plan on using these paired up with the Sawamuras and those Reins slip sinkers when I return to Australia.





Japan by GoPro #01

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Currently in my hotel room in Kyoto. It’s almost 0 degrees outside and a toasty 26 in my room!

I decided I was only going to use my GoPro this trip for a different perspective than my DSLR. Here are a few photos of the 400 odd I’ve taken so far!







Souther 450

Posted: January 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

I’ve had a lot of spare time lately after some surgery in December of 2012.
This has meant plenty of time perusing around the far corners of the internet, finding weird parts of youtube and occasionally. Stumbling across something rather interesting.

Souther Boats is one of these things.
The Bass Boat market is fairly small in Australia, but i would say it’s growing every year as more people get into the sportfishing craze.
These awesome fast big high powered boats are great for the guys that can afford them and the hassles they bring (towing, storage etc)
For young guys like me or for people who simply don’t have the space for one of these big Bass Boats our options are somewhat limited. Buy a tinny and fit it out yourself, buy a already decked out alloy boat. Or do what I did and go down the custom fibreglass path (more on this later)

And this is where Souther come in.
These are basically mini bass boats. With all the bells and whistles of their bigger brothers without the added hassle.
I have spent wayyyyyyyyyy too long looking at their website (all of which i cannot read) but hey, pictures are worth a thousand words right?

Check out this beast.
4.5m Long
Nearly 2m Beam
Mid 200KG
HP 60hp
All the bass boat bells and whistles

I’ve seen photos of these on strange japanese blogs with 90 Etecs strapped on the back.
A 90 Suzuki would look right at home on one of these bad boys, and i’m sure you would get some serious speed out of a set up like that.

Happy Drooling 🙂

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Major League Fishing

Posted: January 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

For those that haven’t heard about this i highly suggest checking it out.

It’s the latest and greatest in televised tournament fishing in the USA and the population is loving it!
24 of the best anglers head to head in a no limit catch-a-thon

Well worth the time if you like watching the yanks rip out bass from heavy cover!

Japan 2013

Posted: January 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

In about 7 days I am off on a bit of a holiday to Japan for some sightseeing and snowboarding.
The snow reports are off the scale with snowfalls of over a metre a day over the past few days at Niseko.
While there I’m going to travel to Lake Biwa, for those that don’t know. This was where the World Record tying Largemouth Bass was caught in 2010

I absolutely love Japan, I travelled there in 2012 for the Osaka Tackle Show and it was mind blowing just how much stuff is available in their JDM market that us in Australia never get to see. Not to mention the Food and culture is amazing. I could quite easily live there if i knew more than one completely useless phrase in their language.

10 points to whoever guesses what this actually means
“watashi no hobakurafuto wa unagi de ippai desu”

Of course I will visit a few of my favourite tackle stores while I’m in the cities to pick up a few odds and ends

Should have plenty of pics upon my return!

13 Fishing Australia

Posted: January 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

This is probably what will occupy a fair portion of this blog.
I am fortunate enough to work for this company and here is where you will find all the info as myself and the rest of our team work on developing new products for the Australian market. Here you will see it in all stages, right from the original concept through the design stages and then finally the finished product ready for market.

We already have a host of exciting things in the pipeline and i will update you guys on this very soon

In the meantime, check out our facebook page